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Word on the street 03 - Notting Hill


Word on the street 03 - Notting Hill
Word on the street 03 - Notting Hill
This is the 3rd episode of Word on the street by BBC Learning English. Stephen and Ashlie visit Notting Hill in London, to take part in the carnival. The Notting Hill Carnival is a multicultural festival celebrated over two days in August. The carnival is organised and led by Caribbean immigrants who settled in the area in the 1950s.

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Word on the street 03 - Notting Hill

Word on the street 03 - Notting Hill

This is the 3rd episode of Word on the street by BBC Learning English.

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Scene I
StephenWow, these are amazing. This one’s really nice. You’d look great in that.
AshlieNo, I think I’d prefer something like this. This is much more colourful.
StephenWe’re here in East London planning our costumes for next week’s Notting Hill Carnival. There's lots of work to do before the big day.
AshlieYeah, here at the Mas-Camp, they're busy making all of their own costumes. And today, I'm here to help. So while I'm busy with that, Stephen's going to be picking up some dance moves. Yeah, come on.
AshlieWow, this looks really complicated – what’s it going to be?
Costume makerIt’s called ‘Pollination’ and it’s going to be a butterfly on a flower.
AshlieOh, it’s beautiful. But it must take you hours and hours to work on this.
Costume makerActually, we started about three months ago. So yes, hours and hours.
AshlieSo do you all compete, then, to see who’s got the best costume?
Costume makerYes, actually we have the competition in about four days at Alexander Palace.
AshlieWow, you must be nervous.
Costume makerYeah, really.
AshlieGood luck for this year - I'm sure you'll do brilliantly.
Costume makerThank you very much.
AshlieStephen, can you just help me with this?
StephenYes, what do you need me to do?
AshlieCan you hold this piece down while I glue this on?
StephenYeah. What is it?
AshlieThis is going to be part of my head-piece.
StephenWow! That's going to look absolutely amazing. Shall I put my finger here?
AshlieYes, right that’s it. Thank you, I just need to glue this piece down. There we go. Right, shouldn’t you be learning some dance moves? Stephen! You're glued to my hat!
StephenExcuse me, mate. Is this the dance lesson?
ManYes, I'm the dance teacher. Do you want to join in?
StephenYes, please!
ManAlright, come on, let me show you what to do. Alright, so, let's see what we're going to do. We’re going to do a criss-cross to the right and kick with our left foot at the same time.
StephenI'll do it with you, go on.
StephenCriss-cross, kick, kick. OK, I can do that.
ManSure? OK, lets go, listen to this, 5,6,7,8...
StephenWow! The costume looks great. What do you think of mine?
AshlieEr, well it’s nice, but mine is better. I mean it’s more, more glamorous. And do you know what? I helped make it myself! So how did the dancing lesson go?
StephenIt was excellent! I had a really good teacher - really hard work though – I’m exhausted already.
AshlieCome on then – show me your moves! Yeah, I think you’re going to need a little more practice.
StephenHa – maybe. C’mon you need to practise some moves too, if we're going to win a prize for the best carnival dancers.
AshlieI can’t wait. I’m really excited. It’s going to be fab! Come on then.
Scene II
AshlieCome on, this way. We need to get to the start of the parade before they set off.
StephenOK! OK! We've got plenty of time though. I want to have a look around. It all looks great.
AshlieWe’re here at the Notting Hill Carnival; one of Europe’s most famous street parties.
StephenWhere every year thousands of people come to take part in the parade and wear fabulous costumes.
AshlieAnd it’s also a chance to watch some amazing shows and see some pretty strange sights... I know I’m really looking forward to it.
StephenMe, too. Come on then. Let’s see what’s out there.
StephenAh - I love it, Ash. And there’s such a good atmosphere, isn’t there.
AshlieOh, come on though - we haven’t got all day.
StephenOh, wait a minute, I want to look up there.
AshlieOh Stephen, I really don’t want to miss the start of the parade. We haven’t got time.
StephenOh, it’ll only take a minute. I'll catch you up.
AshlieYou know where it is? By the car park.
StephenYeah yeah, go on ahead, I’ll catch you up in a minute.
AshlieSee you later.
AshlieHi girls.
AshlieSo have you done this before?
DancerNo, this is my first year actually.
DancerYeah, I done it yesterday though, for the children’s carnival.
AshlieWhat was it like?
DancerIt rained for a bit, but other than that, it was really fun.
AshlieYeah? Oh, it's beautiful weather today. So how long will we be dancing for?
DancerSometimes we can be dancing for like, two or three hours - we, like walk around, but sometimes you can stand in one place for, like ten minutes and be dancing to, like the same kind of music. It's really difficult.
AshlieYeah, we’re going to need some energy for that.
DancerThat’s right.
AshlieStephen! Where have you been?
StephenIt took me ages to find you. All of you dancers look the same in those costumes. Ah, phew, just in time; the parade’s about to start.
AshlieYou go to the front – I’m going to meet the rest of the group, OK? See you later.
StephenOh, hang on, where are we going to meet afterwards in case we get split up?
AshlieWell, I’ll ring you when we finish. Oh, Stephen I haven’t got my phone.
StephenMe, neither. Where do we finish?
AshlieErm… next to the tube station, I'll meet you there. Oh and don’t get lost again!
StephenOK, sounds good.
AshlieSee you later! Bye.
StephenWow, that was fantastic. Did you see me dancing?
AshlieYes, I saw you. It was amazing, but I didn’t expect to be so tired. We must have been dancing for hours.
StephenNow, we need to sit down and get something to eat.
AshlieGood idea. So what do you suggest?
StephenSomething over there?
StephenRight, come on you, it’s time for home.
AshlieStephen – how are we going to get home? All the buses are going to be full and I am not taking the underground wearing this costume.
StephenErr... taxi?
AshlieStephen. Can you see any taxis? All the roads are closed for the carnival. C’mon, let’s start walking!
StephenWalking? No way! Why walk when you can dance?

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